Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, has appointed Fr. Michael C. Gilson, SJ, to serve as Socius of the Jesuits West Province effective August 1, 2019. Socius is a uniquely Jesuit term for someone who serves as second in command to the Provincial, similar to an executive vice president or chief of staff.
A talented and committed educator and administrator, Fr. Gilson has served for the last seven years as the Provincial Assistant for Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education. In his letter announcing the news, Fr. Santarosa said that the middle and high schools in the Jesuits West Province, “have benefitted greatly from his incredibly clear vision for unity and cohesion and from his superb organizational skills, which have propelled the sector to a truly strong and solid place.”
Current Socius Fr. Mike Bayard, SJ, will be transitioning to a new role after four years of dedicated and exceptional service. Effective later this fall following a short break, Fr. Bayard will serve as the Provincial Assistant for Planning and the Liaison to Social Ministries for Jesuits West.
Fr. Santarosa said that Fr. Bayard, “has been a tremendous partner these last several years, and his tireless work to help our Provinces come together in 2017 helped pave the way for the strong, cohesive Jesuits West Province we have today. I am indebted to Mike for his work, and I am grateful for his friendship. He will remain a trusted advisor to me as well as an important and valued member of our Province team, and I look forward to working with Mike in his new capacity.”